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Old 03-22-2015, 08:02 AM   #21
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Congrats on your new camper.

Best way to find out your actual trailer weight is a take it to a CAT scale. Dry weight means almost nothing as mentioned go by the gross weight. It will be a closer number. Dry weight is what it weighed when it left the factory, no propane, no options added later & no gear at all.


Just a guess I bet a 30 foot trailer will weigh close to 7000 lbs with gas, gear, etc.

I agree to weigh your tow vehicle and trailer. Most CAT stops charge around $10.00 and will show the weight on each axle. I use them everytime we go out camping. It's a good way to see how much you can pack. It's a little intimidating pulling into the truck stops where the big boy's live, but they'll make room for you.
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:12 AM   #22
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OK great so the weight stations along the highway for truckers will allow u to get weighed? I will definitely do that. As that will tell me where I stand & to see if I will be OK with all the cargo I can think of. I wouldn't want to be 7000. That is to close to the limit. I would like it if it weighed 6500 6700lbs max, with everything full & cargo. Do think that would be a safe range or is that to much for the durango. I will have to check the payload after work. But figured most cargo will be in trailer. Just my wife & I were not big, with a 30 lbs dog some treats & water for the drive is all that will be in the tv. I have a heavy duty trans cooler that is tied into ac condenser. Info From a dodge owner forum. the main engine fan is what's used I believe. The good news is I drove it a little yesterday still no smell this time. Temps were l80f for trans forgot to look at oil temp. Thanks againn
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Old 03-22-2015, 10:51 AM   #23
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OK great so the weight stations along the highway for truckers will allow u to get weighed? I will definitely do that. As that will tell me where I stand & to see if I will be OK with all the cargo I can think of. I wouldn't want to be 7000. That is to close to the limit. I would like it if it weighed 6500 6700lbs max, with everything full & cargo. Do think that would be a safe range or is that to much for the durango. I will have to check the payload after work. But figured most cargo will be in trailer. Just my wife & I were not big, with a 30 lbs dog some treats & water for the drive is all that will be in the tv. I have a heavy duty trans cooler that is tied into ac condenser. Info From a dodge owner forum. the main engine fan is what's used I believe. The good news is I drove it a little yesterday still no smell this time. Temps were l80f for trans forgot to look at oil temp. Thanks againn
Yes, these CAT scales are at truck stops where you drive onto the scales with each axle on seperate weight slabs. You'll have to get out and reach UP to push the intercom button telling them you're wanting weighed. Make sure you have the front axle, rear axle of the tow vehicle and axles of the trailer on seperate slabs (usually 3). You'll have to go inside to get the weights and to pay them. They're very useful to us since we know how much weight, and where we should distribute everything. Good Luck!
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:19 AM   #24
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Just to be clear - there is a difference between CAT scales and "weigh stations". CAT scales are at truck *stops* - commercial fuel stops (and other amenities). Weigh stations are government run check points along the side of the highway that trucks have to use to ensure they are not over weight and following other rules as well (I think). I don't think weigh stations will let you weigh your TV and camper will they?

Maybe all that is obvious but it just seemed like there was a possibility for confusion there...
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Old 03-22-2015, 11:30 AM   #25
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The salespersons job is to sell you a trailer. They don't have to pull it or pay the consequences if something breaks. Rule number one in buying an RV. Don't believe everything ( being kind) the salesperson tells you especially when it comes to towing capacity.
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Just to be clear - there is a difference between CAT scales and "weigh stations". CAT scales are at truck *stops* - commercial fuel stops (and other amenities). Weigh stations are government run check points along the side of the highway that trucks have to use to ensure they are not over weight and following other rules as well (I think). I don't think weigh stations will let you weigh your TV and camper will they?

Maybe all that is obvious but it just seemed like there was a possibility for confusion there...
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If the weight Station is closed then avail yourself but be careful and not stop fast or hard, 5 or 10 MPH or as posted.
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If the weight Station is closed then avail yourself but be careful and not stop fast or hard, 5 or 10 MPH or as posted.

Never..... I repeat NEVER enter a "weight station" on the side of the highway when lights are flashing or not and expect to get anything weighed unless you are driving commercially! The DOT officers do not take light to that. Just make your way to a certified CAT scale at a truck stop!
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Old 03-24-2015, 04:15 PM   #28
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Also remember part of your payload of the Durango is not only passengers, the dog, misc in the rear but also the tongue weight of the trailer and the hitch.

Go on line or search here for instructions on how to weigh on a CAT scale, DO not unhook your trailer on the scale to get trailer weight. If their are no trucks near by other places like concrete plants, landfills, quarries, have truck scales but they are usually single pad & I would call first before going to see if they would allow you to use it. CAT scales are commercial can weigh buy axles & make their money weighing vehicles, reweighs the same day are $2-3.

Dry weight is what the trailer weighed leaving the factory, No propane, no water no supplies, no gear, no options (any added later). It is easy to get 1000 lbs or more added to dry weight. Several hundred lbs added will be propane, hitch / sway bars, hoses, cords, possible water, spare tire (they are optional & may have been weighed without one), battery. I have added close to 1000 lbs after dry weight just in thing that are attached to the trailer,

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Old 03-25-2015, 03:01 PM   #29
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Thanks all, within a couple weeks I'm going to a cat scale truck stop. I will call ahead & see what time is best. I will check my payload for the Durango I believe it was 13?? So I think I will be OK there. Getting the trailer weighed will let me know how much cargo I can take. Which isn't going to be alot. My goal is to pack it full with everything & weigh it. Plus I will have the Durango in for service & ask them a bunch of questions I would like answered in reguards to towing. I believe by estimating the cargo with water & propane. I believe I will be @ or around 6500 max. I will fill it up with water when weighed but probably will fill Half full when traveling. As I have seen many of u do. Thanks again for all your help.
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Old 03-28-2015, 08:14 PM   #30
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Please post the payload, 1300 is low, I'm in the same boat, but my trailer is smaller.
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